PLEASE BE ADVISED OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Prince William County Schools are closed for today, January 18, 2019. We follow the Prince William County closures/delays/early dismissals for inclement weather. Therefore, all St. Francis School and Parish Activities (i.e. Ministries, Organizations, St. Francis School/After School Activities) have been cancelled for today.
- Per St. Francis Inclement Weather Policy, The Parish Office and Religious Education Office will open at 9:00 a.m. for today, January 18, 2019. As Quantico Marine Corps Base has issued a Code Blue (Base will open at 9:00 a.m.).
- Daily Mass for January 18, 2019 WILL STILL BE HELD (at 8:45 a.m.) in the Church regardless of the weather. Parishioners are encouraged to use their best judgement regarding the safety of traveling to the Church.
CHANGE OF ADDRESSIf you are moving/changing your address, please notify the Parish Office so we can keep our records up-to-date. If you are changing your phone number because you are using a cellular phone and/or forgoing your land phone, the Parish Office would also like that information. Please click here or call us at 703-221-4044, ext. 222. Thank you.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
Our inclement weather policy is to follow the Prince William County Schools announcement for both School and Church activities. The Parish Offices are closed when the Quantico Marine Corps Base issues a Code Red for its employees.
Daily Mass, Weekend Masses, and Penance Services will be celebrated regardless of the weather; however, parishioners are encouraged to use their best judgement regarding the safety of traveling to the church for Mass. In very severe weather, it is customary for the Bishop to excuse Catholics from the obligation of Sunday Mass. In the event that happens, that notice will be posted on the homepage of the parish website.
Upcoming Parish Events
March For Life
Please save the date and sign-up for the 2019 March for Life Transportation. Sign-up sheets for bus transportation to the 2019 March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 18, 2019 are located in the vestibule of the Church. Buses will leave after the 8:45 a.m. Mass on January 18th and return at the conclusion of the March.
Questions? Please contact Marv Floom.
Let’s Talk Faith
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
The Let’s Talk Faith series continues on January 27th from 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. in the Parish Center Dining Facility. Please plan to stay on campus for an extra hour to enjoy a pastry and a cup of coffee, while learning about why we do what we do at Mass from visiting speaker and liturgy expert, Sr. Cecelia Dwyer, O.S.B.
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Please come join and support St. Francis of Assisi’s Boy Scout Troop 138 for good food on Wednesday, January 30th from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Chick-fil-A in Dumfries. Please click here to view the flyer and the special offer.
Is the Holy Spirit calling you to follow Christ in the footsteps of St. Francis? Secular Franciscans dedicate their lives to a closer relationship with the Lord. Please come to our Open House to see if Franciscan spirituality is calling you. Join us on Saturday, February 9th, at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Catherine Room.
For more information, please contact John Carlson.
Adult Confirmation Classes
Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Dining Facility, beginning on February 19th, there will be a six-week program is for Catholic adults who have already received the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist (First Communion) and would like to complete their initiation with Confirmation.
Please register with Lisa Ostendorf.
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A Christ Centered Yoga Retreat will be held on January 19th from 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. in the St. Catherine Room. All adults (beginner and all levels) are welcome. The day will include yoga, meditation, discussion, fellowship, and more! The cost of the retreat is $15. For more information or to register, please click here.
Please join us on January 27th at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Catherine Room; The Anti-Human Trafficking Committee’s guest speaker, Detective Robyn Hyte will be doing a presentation about Anti-Human Trafficking efforts in Prince William County.
February 2nd – 3rd
The weekend of February 2nd-3rd the memorial of St. Blaise, blessing of throats will be conferred after all the Masses. The custom began in the 16th century, although Blaise lived in the fourth century. He was the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia who, according to legend, saved the life of a boy who was choking on a fish bone. He is now the patron saint of all who have diseases of the throat. Please join us and receive a blessing of your throat as a sign of God’s care for his people.
Columbiettes’ Valentine Dinner Dance
The St. Francis of Assis Potomac Columbiettes #9259 wish to invite you and your significant other to the Valentine Dinner Dance on February 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Dining Facility. Tickets are $40 each. Please click here to view the flyer.
February 21st – April 4th
The Discovering Christ sessions originally scheduled to begin this week have been postponed to begin Thursday, February 21st. Participants in this 7-week series will meet on Thursday evenings beginning February 21st and continuing through April 4th to enjoy a delicious dinner and fellowship, listen to a dynamic teaching and join in a small group discussion about the meaning of life in Jesus Christ. There will be a retreat day on Saturday, March 23rd. The cost for registration for this event is $25 per person and all meals are included. Registration fliers can be found on the tables in the vestibule of the Church.
Please contact Sheila Noble.
Vacation Bible School Planning Meeting
It is time to start planning VBS! We are having an informational meeting on January 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the RE Conference Room (located in the Parish Center). If you are an adult, teen, or first year confirmation student and interested in volunteering, please join us. Do not miss this meeting! VBS will be held June 17th-June 21st and we are in need of volunteers. We also need a VBS Coordinator!
Questions? Please contact Marianne Hayes.
St. Francis of Assisi School
Sunday, January 27th
St. Francis of Assisi Elementary, Middle, and Pre-School will host an Open-House for new prospective families on Sunday, January 27th at 1:00 p.m. Please come tour our facilities and meet our wonderful teachers.
For admission questions, please contact Shari Phillips.
Sunday Afternoon Bible Study
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Please join us staring February 3rd from 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in the St. Catherine Room for the new Sunday afternoon Bible Study, featuring the Gospel of John. Accept the invitation to rekindle your relationship with Jesus. Please click here to register and purchase your workbook.
St. Francis’ Cub Scout Pack 1385 and Boy Scout Troop 138 will be holding their 6th annual Undie Sunday to collect mens and/or womens underwear (new-still in the unopened packages please). Boxes will be located in the vestibule for your generous contributions of these items (underwear, thermals, t-shirts, socks, etc.) on Scout Sunday, February 10, 2019. These clothing items will be delivered to those in need at the Bill Mehr Drop-In Shelter. Thank you for your support.